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Dec 3, 2013 10:00am EST
design. from obamacare to immigration, the current administration is picking and choosing which laws to an oars. the constitution does not confer upon the president the executive authority to disregard the separations of powers by unilaterally waving, suspending or revising the laws. it is a bedrock principle of constitutional law that the program must be fully execute acts of congress. the president cannot refuse to enforce the law simply because he dislikes it. certainly, president have from time to time make broad claims of executive power. however, assertions of executive authority have been limited to the area in which presidential powers are at their strongest. foreign affairs. the obama administration go has been equally assertive in the realm of domestic policy, routinely making end runs around congress for broad claims of prosecutorial discretion and regulatory actions that bush executive power beyond all limits. indeed, president obama is the first president since richard nixon to ignore a duly enacted law, simply because he disagrees with it. and they said the checks
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 1:00am EST
constitutional design. from obamacare to immigration, the current omission is picking and choosing which laws to enforce. it is a bedrock principle. the president must faithfully execute the act of congress. the president cannot enforce the law simply because he dislikes it. the obama administration has been equally asserted in the round of domestic policy routinely making and runs around congress through broad claims. limits. president obama is the first president since richard nixon to ignore and enacted law simply because he disagrees with it. in place of the checks and balances established by the constitution, president obama has proclaimed that "i refuse to take no for an answer." and "where congress won't act, i will." throughout the obama presidency, we have seen a pattern. president obama circumvents congress when he does not get his way. for instance, while congress is currently debating how to reform our immigration laws, the president effectively and acted the dream act himself by ordering immigration officials to stop enforcing immigration laws against certain unlawful
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
experience. host: we read this editorial from the wall street journal today. obamacare mission accomplished. i will not go it -- go through it again for our viewers. this briefing, did you get that sense? guest: it was not, because they get a huge emphasis on, we still have a lot of work to do, this is by no means a perfect system, we have got it to where we wanted, but there are still a lot of things that need to be fixed. this is still an ongoing process to make this thing work better and better. they still it knowledge there are a lot of parts of the website they need to continue to work on. saying, yes, we did it, everything is great, and we will take off now. host: what is the measure of success to look at? guest: insurance companies, are they getting the accurate information they need in order to enroll people and give them their coverage, receive the payments from those getting subsidies, and that will be -- starting january 1, how many people will actually have insurance under this law, how may people are successful going to the doctor and paying the bills, insurance co
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 10:00am EST
going to go to obamacare and of course we were strengthening medicare by $500 billion. having that as a part of the record, how can we say that medicare has strengthened? is medicare now stronger than it has ever been? >> i don't bb of the trust fund reveals anything about the future solvency of medicare. the facts on the ground are that in recent years the gap between the premiums into payroll taxes going in is $300 billion. >> that is a cash flow deficit. we get 10,000 beneficiaries every day and the absence of general reform that allow people to get the care that they need and deserve and abby slover cost growth it will fall under its own financial weight. >> for the secretary to affirm, $500 billion that isn't really chump change in the big picture of health care costs. i am getting comments from constituents in the district who medicare advantage folks now their benefits are being reduced. they are losing access to their preferred physicians. this is under the current system now. my question is how much worse can this get for my seniors who opt out for medicare advantage? again if
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am EST
standards. you told the national association writers, you think the obamacare compensation is bad. the implication of the common core is far worse. who is to blame and is anyone stepping up to fix it? >> i'm not a big believer in blame. i'm a big believer -- and let me say what. i'm a union leader. i could easily say, this one, this one, this one. but if we're not rolling up her sleeves and actually engaging in this then we are in the same debate about who cares about kids. i care about kids. no, i care about kids. no, i care about kids. that's the debate we've been having during this period time. let me just say, this is what i think has happened. we get education policy by precedent. and i think the governor and the state chiefs were right about saying let's figure out a set of standards that are aligned to let kids know -- they move pretty fast about it. we were engaged within and brought a lot of teachers who critiqued the materials and things like that. this is what didn't happen. the public wasn't involved. parents were involved. the districts were involved. and so it felt like,
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 4:00pm EST
running out. are you signed up for obamacare? >> know i'm not. >> why? >> i'm lucky enough in the federal government that i have healthealthcare available to meh i signed up for. in a few years when that's not the case i will be happy to have other available -- >> the president says obamacare is much better than forcing most federal employees into a obamacare and obviously if you're not signing up, you don't think it is. >> i would yield back. >> the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized for questions. >> we have had some problems with the audio system. >> thank you mr. chairman. thank you madam administrator for being here and i apologize for the raspy voice. apologies. i just wanted to start off by saying welcome. it's always nice to see another member of the red sox nation here today and certainly in front of our committee. i want to thank you for all of your hard work over the past several months. i look forward very much to working with you in the years ahead. i had a couple of questions if you don't mind and first is an issue pertaining to my district. the past two deca
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 12:00pm EST
of obamacare to medicare advantage. he wrote and i quote we estimate that in 2017 -- i know you touched on this, but elaborate, please. we estimate that in 2017 when the m.a. provisions will be fully phased in enrollment in medicare advantage plans will be lower i about 50%, does this track with your own analysis of these cuts of? >> apps alluded. as you for today medicare advantage is a high quality program, very popular. even more popular nationwide. the senior population is rising 10,000 beneficiaries every day. one would expect that if nothing else changed you would see more enrollment, a lot more. we are going to see less. what's changed is a financial foundation, the cuts under a maple make it impossible for plans to survive and those that survive will have to change the networks and their benefits and the cost-sharing in ways that seniors will find under struggle. the net result will be less availability of medicare advantage. >> next question for you. some democrats have been pushing the accountable care organization, acos, as a model for better care coordination and bet
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 6:00am EST
still don't like obamacare -- and i know you don't -- [laughter] -- even though it's built on market-based ideas of choice and competition in the private sector, then you should explain how, exactly, you'd cut costs, and cover more people, and make insurance more secure. you owe it to the american people to tell us what you are for, not just what you're against. [applause] that way we can have a vigorous and meaningful debate. that's what the american people deserve. that's what the times demand. it's not enough anymore to just say we should just get our government out of the way and let the unfettered market take care of it -- for our experience tells us that's just not true. [applause] look, i've never believed that government can solve every problem or should -- and neither do you. we know that ultimately our strength is grounded in our people -- individuals out there, striving, working, making things happen. it depends on community, a rich and generous sense of community that's at the core of what happens at thearc here every day. you understand that turning back rising inequalit
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
could subject the business to the obamacare employer mandate. according to the national federation of independent business, 39% of small businesses with 20 or more employees on at least 10% of one or more other businesses. to determine if the threshold of 50 or more employees has been met with the situations the health care law utilizes the internal revenue service code, controlled group business aggregation rules which are complex and confusing even for most experts. some experts have suggested that most small business owners could not interpret these rules without the guidance and related costs of a tax specialist. despite the administration's promises that the health care law would help small businesses, each week seems to bring entrepreneurs more bad news, more costly regulations, more uncertainty and less incentive to grow their business and create jobs. a recent u.s. chamber of commerce international franchise association survey found that 53% of small-business owners leave the law will have a negative impact on their business. our challenging economy many small business owners
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
abandoning him on health care. ? the questions regarding enrollment and implementation of obamacare has to do with a long- standing observation and a plan around it that we need young people to enroll. oft is true regardless the affordable care act. it was always going to be true. it was always going to be important. it was always the case, as i think we have discussed here in this room. younger people are more likely to wait to later stages of the enrollment process to enroll. this is part of a broader effort that we will be undertaking to make sure that americans around the country understand the advantages of having insurance and the need to have it and all of the options available to them. i will leave it to folks on the political side who have looked at that. we are in pretty stark disagreement with some of the polls, particularly on youth and the afford will care act. there are good polls and apples. -- and bad polls. debate?ere a fear of basically, the percentage of americans who want to repeal the affordable care act has not changed at all. i think that speaks to the kind of
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 10:00pm EST
rollout of obamacare, you understand that our underinvestment in technology in many cases cripples us. as we move toward common core. i was not one of the founders of the cob accept. but i will tell you this. i embrace it more more importantly my embraces of it. 72 fortunate of teachers embrace it. really only about 12% reject it. the teachers that studied it and thought about it and doing the preparatory work over the last intervening year since 2010 are getting it. and do believe that concentrating on fewer thing but going deeper concentrating on critical thinking is the right way go. i have to say additionally on this you have a legislative battle. you have a new legislative package. you have a new common core. you have a new evaluation system. indian people think they are drinking out of a fire host in connecticut. it's not easy. i think that has to be made clear. once we get through this. we're going to have a clear road of higher achievement in our schools. we'll get away from what i said earlier. the concept we simply have an obligation to distribute opportunity. and hold ourse
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2013 12:00pm EST
we are moving on repealing obamacare to finding the common ground to make it work because that is the law of the land. >> thank you ranking member. with that, the hearing is now adjourned. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] news this morning that the u.s. economy added 203,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate and fell to 7% and is the lowest in about five years and exceeds analysts prediction. releasing figures earlier today and reaction from capitol hill house speaker john boehner issued a statement saying today's report includes signs that should discourage calls for more emergency government stimulus. instead what are you coburn economy needs is to get government out of the way. senate majority leader harry reid as we continue to gather steam now is not the time for washington to put on the brakes. the actions we take could make the difference between getting a job were not. yesterday randy weingarten in the head of the american federation of teachers spoke with reporters at the christian science monitor. here is a bit of what she had to say. >> today
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
obamacare can, you understand that our underinvestment in technology in cases cripple les us. and certainly, as we move towards common core, having districts that don't have sufficient technology to test on common core is a great problem and one that we've decided to help address as well. common core was decided on before i was governor of the state of connecticut. i was not one of the founders of the concept, but i will tell you this, i embrace it. but more importantly than my embracing of it, based on scholastic poll or survey of teachers in the state of connecticut, 72% of teachers embrace it. and really only about 2% reject it, think it will not lead to better results, and the remaining folks are basically undecided about the issue. so those teachers who have studied it and thought about it and have been doing the preparatory work over the last intervening years since 2007 when it was adopted in the state of connecticut are getting it and do belief that concentrated -- do belief that concentrating on fewer things is the right way to go. i have to say additionally on all of thi
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 10:30am EST
act. he didn't vote for obamacare. he didn't vote for the students the. he didn't vote for dodd-frank which is reckoned the banks and so forth and so on. it was other stuff. the point was, here's the data point to this is what has many people -- a gerrymander has released to the house. you have people on the far right, far left, the districts are drawn. all republicans have all been accredited in the senate, it's two things. the fact that no one votes in primaries, which is the point i'm about to make, and the role of big money. it asked me what change. there was a case decided by the supreme court which now basically allows unlimited amounts of money to be donated to campaigns. here's what happened to dick lugar. first, this was not a secret election. there were millions of dollars spent advertising. everybody knew there was an election coming up. the voter turnout in the primary, 18%. fewer than one in five eligible republicans voted. it would be the same if we had a democratic primary. you can imagine who are the 8%? the most partisan, the most ideological. people are mad about som
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
prosecuted. i saw it. stopped enforcement of mandatory sentencing. stopped parts of obamacare. the benghazi issue. the ag being held in content. irs is -- how many more things do you think has to occur? i'm thinking like a prosecuted. one of those in and of itself is not enough evidence. two of those in and of itself is not is not evidence. the violations that i see, that which is listed, and there are many more, i think is enough evidence to start asking questions, where do you see the line drawn in what i've cited here as enough evidence to start asking questions about presidents exceeding their power? >> well, first of all, congressman, i can't address all of the speed i don't expect you to. >> but many of those things -- let's be honest about it, our honest disagreements about policy, or about how to interpret the law. spin to your interpretation of the law -- you are saying, you don't agree with way perhaps i'm interpreting the law so you say i'm wrong. >> no. just to finish the sentence. raising the specter of some kind of grotesque presidential assertion of unwarranted autho
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2013 11:00pm EST
of obamacare. the benghazi issue. the irs issue. how many more things you think have to occur, thinking that a prosecutor, one of those is not enough evidence. two of those, in and of themselves, is not enough evidence. the violations that i see and have just listed, i think, is enough evidence to ask questions . where do you draw the lines and what i have recited as enough evidence to start asking questions about the president >> first ofs power? all, congressman, i cannot address all of the -- all of the -- the things that you have raised. many of those things, let's be honest about it, are honest disagreements about policy or how to interpret the law. but your interpretation of the law is -- you are saying that you do not agree with how i interpret the law and you say i am wrong. sentence,sh my raising the specter of some kind of grotesque residential authority,f unwanted it is not based on fact. mr. cantor believed that his interpretation of the law would sink obamacare, in his view, is correct. or, i guess he does. the president disagrees with that and the president has g
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2013 4:00am EST
negotiation about the effective date of obamacare. after the statute is passed via decide what the congress wants. gridlock is almost quite a predictable result. >> professor turley, the constitution of the breed of power isn't simply about stopping one branch of government from usurping another. it's about protecting the liberty of american of concentrated government power. how does the modification of act of congress affect the balance of power between the political branches into the liberty interest of the american people? >> the danger is quite severe. the problem with the president is doing is that he spoke simply posing a danger to the constitutional system. he's becoming the very danger that the constitution was designed to avoid. that is the concentration of power in every single branch. this orbit that the three branches exist in is a delicate one but it is defined to prevent this type of concentration. there are two trends going on that should be of equal concern. one is that we have had a radical expansion of presidential powers under both president bush and president obama. we h
CSPAN
Dec 2, 2013 8:00pm EST
today. obamacare mission accomplished. was this a mission accomplish type briefing there? >> it wasn't a mission accomplish thing because they did a huge emphasis on we have a lot of work to do. this is by no-means a perfect system. we have it to where we want it. but there is going to be problems and things need to be fixed. this is an ongoing process to make it work better and better. and they acknowledge parts of the website need to continue to be worked on. so they are saying we did it. everything is great and we will take off now isn't the message >> what is the next measure of success? >> how many people can succe successful successfully enroll and looking at insurance companies and making sure they are receiving the payments and the subsidies. and starting january 1st, how many people have insurance and are going to the doctor and getting pavements and co-payments. we need to see it working in real life >> that issue of the insurance companies working for themselves has been releasing stories. this is from new york times and saying people anticipate problems in the billin
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2013 8:00pm EST
bringing it on home with the last two questions. what are your thoughts on obamacare? [laughter] too many questions. i had to ask you three. >> i may need a couple hours. it is unraveling on its own effects. i was telling jonathan that i think it is not that government is inherently stupid, although that is a debatable point. [laughter] it is that they do not get the right incentives. the business would be run this way because you would be run out of business immediately. we have put into law perverse incentives. people who had cheap insurance no longer can buy that. it is what they could afford and that is the only way they had it. i was one of them. i used to have family coverage for five people, for $5,000. a $5,000 deductible. in obamacare, you can have a higher detectable and still pay $20,000 because there is a mandate built into it. the problem is the insurance company is never going to offer those policies again because they are told within a year, if you delay it for year, then in a year everyone will be forced to buy the new policies, which are more expensive. let's say you
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 5:00am EST
spend one moment on one issue. obamacare according to disagree in court is a tax. the president has used the law and has said i'm going to postpone that tax for this group first, big business. and i'm gointhen i'm going to pe attacks for six weeks for individuals. and then i'm going to postpone a year for small businesses. he's postponing taxes. since i have no life i have read obamacare. i do not see that in there where the president is getting the authority to postpone attacks, but he doesn't. if he has the legal authority to do that, which i doubt, what is to prevent him from going and looking at the irs code which is a mess. i don't know any american who thinks the code is a good bill. but rather than fix if we just make it bigger every year. so the president goes to the irs and says this group of businesses they are just having a bad year. or we can use the energy companies on the other end. i'm just going to postpone this paying income tax for a year. why? because i said so. or i will take this group and do something similar. rather than pay 38% of your just going to pay 20% f
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
. >> the government is doing this and obamacare is terrible. and so those were the guys i wanted to talk to. they were quites with the leaflet. the ideas. so i said to them, you know, is your stuff? they said who are you? i said actually i'm a academic. i'm a researcher and doing research on these organizations. these ideas and trying to understand the guys about it. and i studied men who believe this stuff. and they, you know, a punch of them looked at me suspiciously and said asked me questions. and i just said, look, here is what i am. you know, i don't get. so but here is my job. i want to understand how you guys see the world. you will not convince me and i will not convince you. it's off the table. i want to understand why you think the way you do. "downward mobility: racial and gender-equality." on the fear, anxiety, and rage of angry white men. sunday night on 9:00 on "after words." back -- part of booktv on c-span2. >>> president obama said today that income inequality is, quote, the defining challenge of our time. to close the growing gap between the rich and poor in america he
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2013 4:00pm EST
services now under fire many calls for her to resign as a result of the botched rollout of obamacare. i think you have to look at what was the message she was getting from the white house as this website was being played out. was she empowered to do that. tom daschle was going to be the secretary of health and human services. glen reports in the piece, he was a can any washington operator. a former majority leader of the senate. when he was going to take the job he specifically negotiated for an officer in the west wing of the white house and status as a senior adviser to the president in addition to that cabinet portfolio. his nomination was derailed because of an un-related tax problem. but i think there was always a sense among the political operative he had the kind of political juice that she never did. of course, in a crisis so needed. >> host: john harris. the president should in order have americans trust health care and thrust the government again. the president should send that message and fire someone. >> >> guest: yeah. as i understand it and gibbs made that comment. it didn
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 10:00am EST
obamacare's table. so those with the kind i wanted to talk to because those with guys with the leaflets, the ideas. so i said -- i said i'm an academic. i'm research and funding research on these organizations t,these ideas and trying to understand the guys. and i study men who believe this stuff. and a bunch of them looked at me suspiciously and said, so to ask questions but and i just had look, here's what i am. i don't get it. but here's my job. i want to understand you guys view the world. i want to understand that your worldview. it is, look, you will not convince me and i will not convince you. that's off the table. what is on the table is i want to understand why you think the way you do. >> downward mobility, racial and gender equality. michael kimmel on the fears, anxieties and rage of "angry white men" sunday night at nine on "after words." part of booktv this weekend on c-span2. >> the editor of the uk newspaper of "the guardian" testified before the british home affairs committee yesterday in london. alan rusbridger defended his newspaper's decision to publish leaks surveill
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2013 6:00pm EST
have to sign up for obamacare. [laughter] that's wonderful. i wish my constituents could say the same. >> i think i was referring to i'm lucky enough to have access to good health care, which the -- i still will take your quote. [laughter] i wrote it down. it's really good. if there is -- you said also in your testimony there was $2 billion until new jobs from your epa. i want to point out that one facility alone in my district is the $7 billion. $7 billion in mu construction representing 13,000 job. in your administration, is saying because of the two-week furlough that is going it take many more months to look at the permit. i would request that given the circumstance of our poor economy, and the fact that this needs done. it's, i believe, meeting all the epa requirement. i ask that you and i will follow up with you. you look at this and expedite it. the 12,000 jobs. it's a lot of jobs. >> i'm sorry what kind of permit? >> epa permit. it's been in your office, it's been sitting there. they have followed all the rules and regulations. >> i'm happy to -- >> i would appreciate. there's
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
hospital or medical help for thousands of dollars that should have been covered under obamacare is with this prudential gap in coverage that was an overtly cause because of computer problems that they won't have to pay that bill? >> first of all there is not an insurance policy called obama karen i think it's important to the viewers that they understand their purchasing private insurance. first of all. secondly the general contract of queue ssi has stood up a team of experts working closely already with insurers to make sure that every 834 form past and present is accurate in time for january 1 and i'm confident we will be able to achieve that. going back to this story cited earlier today, even though we feel, even though we believe that the description is inaccurate in terms of what is happening today even if you look back at the worst period after the launch of the troubles we had with the web site the fact is very few people as we know now because we have the october numbers were enrolled. the universe of people who might have in their enrollment problems with 834 forms is not parti
CSPAN
Dec 3, 2013 8:00pm EST
right to own gun and government is doing this and obamacare is terrible. and so those were the guys i wanted to talk to. they were guys with the leaflet. the idea i said to them, you know, is this your stuff. and they said who are you? i said, actually i'm an academic. i'm a researcher and doing research on these organizations. these ideas. and trying to understand the guides about it. and studying men who believe this stuff. and a bunch of them looked at me suspiciously and said, you know, sort of asked me questions. and i said, look, here is what i am. i don't get it. so here is my job. i want to understand how you see the world. i want to understand your world view. it is -- look, you will not convince me. i will not convince you. that is off the table bhap is on the table is i want to understand why you think the way you do. michael on the fear, anxiety, and range of angry white men. sunday night at 9:00 on "after words." part of booktv this weekend on c-span2. the president of columbia met with president obama at the white house tuesday to discuss relations between the two countr
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Dec 5, 2013 8:00am EST
obama's doing that, and obamacare's terrible. so those were the guys i wanted to talk to because they were the guys with the leaflets, the ideas. so i said to them, you know -- [inaudible] and they said who are you, and i said, actually, i'm a researcher, and i'm doing research on these organizations, these ideas and trying to understand the guise about it, and i'm actually studying men who believe stuff. and they, you know, a bunch of them looked at me suspiciously and sort of asked me questions. and i just said, look, here's what i am, you know? i don't get it. so -- but here's my job, i want to understand how you guys see the world. i want to understand your world view. look, you will not convince me, and i will not convince you. that that's off the table. what is on the table is i want to understand why you think the way you do. >> downward mobility, racial and gender equality, michael kimmel on the fears, anxiety the fews and range of angry white men sunday night at 9 on "after words" part of booktv this weekend on c-span2. >>> randi weingarten, president of the american federati
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Dec 4, 2013 3:00am EST
lincoln blank suspension of cbss corpus with president obama blank suspension of obamacare. of course i agree with mr. lazarus. they are not the same as obamacare. but what is striking about the comparison is that president lincoln welcomed the involvement of congress. welcome to the congress to ratify what he had done to pass the statute justify eating. he was concerned that they had overstepped the constitutional authority and welcom welcomed cs ratification of its action. president obama by contrast actually threatened to veto the statute that would have ratified his action. in fact i think is a startling contrast i was trying to bring out in that op-ed. .. they have offered despite two years of people like me raising this issue with the irs is trying to do is illegal. they have yet to offer one shred of, when statutory provision or one shred of evidence that supports their claim that the statute authorizes tax credit through exchanges of established by the federal government under section 1321 or that it was congresses intent for the statute to authorize tax credit through those exc
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Dec 9, 2013 4:30pm EST
protection agency. it doesn't matter that the employer mandate penalty under obamacare doesn't apply to the 34 states that haven't created insurance exchanges. the administration forced the employer mandate upon the american people anyway through an i.r.s. regulation. this has been the administration's plan. it can't get its liberal agenda through the congress, but it has saddled the american people with its job-crushing agenda anyway through agency regulation. but there's a catch to this scheme, a very big catch: agency decisions are reviewed by the federal judiciary. that happens to be our very independent third branch of government. so for this scheme to work, the white house needed to stack the d.c. circuit with judges who were rubber stamps for its agenda. as a result, the administration decided to ram their agenda through the agencies and simultaneously stack the d.c. circuit with judges that they believe would rubber stamp that agenda. that's why, on the very same day that the president made these three nominations, i said this, and i quote myself -- "it's hard to imagine the rationa
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Dec 3, 2013 9:00pm EST
. ,rom obamacare to immigration the current administration is picking and choosing which laws to enforce. conferstitution does not on the president the executive authority to disregard the powersion of unilaterally waiting, suspending or revising the laws. it is a bedrock principle of constitutional law that the president must faithfully execute acts of congress. the president cannot refuse to enforce a law simply because he disliked it. presidents have from time to time a blog claims of executive power. authority have traditionally been limited to the area in which presidential strongest -- their foreign affairs. the obama administration has assertive in the realm of the next six policy -- domestic policy. regulatory actions that bush executive power beyond all limits. obama is the first president since richard nixon to ignore and enacted law simply because he disagrees with it. in place of the checks and balances established by the constitution, president obama that "i refuse to take no for an answer." "where congress won't act, i will." throughout the obama presidency, we have
CSPAN
Dec 9, 2013 6:30pm EST
the majority. this stunning rules change by the senate majority can best be described as obamacare two. one of the things that americans really didn't like about the new health care law, obamacare, was that it was passed in the dead of night by a purely partisan vote during a snowstorm. it showed that those who had the votes could do whatever they want no matter what the minority thought and we can see the results. millions of americans having their policies canceled, next year tens of millions will, those who get their insurance through employers. this is another example of that kind of power play. this kind of the goal was to help the administration and the democratic majority advance its radical agenda unchecked through the courts and the executive agencies. as the senator from michigan, senator levin, said -- quoting, a quorummer republican senator, senator vandenberg, senator levin is a democrat, said if the majority of the senate can changed the rules at any time, there are no rules. if a majority of the senate can change its rules at any time, there are no rules. just as if
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Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
since it took effect. in other words, obamacare has a grandfather clause anything after the enactment of obamacare is illegal unless it meets the statutory requirement. with the president is saying as he is extending a grandfather clause to cover plans beyond what the statute contemplates so you think that's appropriate? >> i think you are making a good point. if it is to bury -- >> let me say that we passed in the house a bill that would have grandfathered in the plans and i think that we should do that. >> what i meant to say is i think it is appropriate as a measure if it is necessary to effectively -- >> contrary to the statute the whole point of obamacare is unique to force people into these exchanges. what about this idea. if the political environment is tough with fb a reason to delay the law or grant a waiver to the law if you cite to the political environment as your justification? congress isn't doing what i want. i may suffer political damage so i'm going to do it anyway. i think in your testimony you did make some good points. i will give you that. you didn't cite the just
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Dec 10, 2013 8:30am EST
obamacare. and they are outraged at the tactics and the outright deception, deception that led to its passage. it's now clear that the president knew perfectly well that a lot of folks wouldn't be able to keep the plans they had and liked, despite the endless assurances to the contrary they heard from the president himself. many are also starting to realize that the talking points they heard about their premiums and keeping their doctors weren't worth the paper they were written on either. and the response they have gotten from the white house in the face of all this is just as bad. in the face of all the hardship and disruption this law is causing for literally millions of americans, the white house is defiant. in the face of all these things, the president is trying to convince people that somehow we are the problem. according to the president, the problem isn't the law. the problem is the people who are unhappy with it. the people who are unhappy with it, the president says, is the problem. well, look, this is exactly the kind of thing folks are frustrated with, the idea that w
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Dec 5, 2013 2:00pm EST
think medicare advantage may be obamacare's next victim? and if so, what might beneficiaries in pennsylvania expect over the coming years in terms of plan choices, costs, foregone benefit offerings and provider networks? >> thank you, mr. chairman. indeed, i am concerned about the future of medicare advantage. as i said in my opening statement. the work we've done on the implications of aca cuts, for example, in pennsylvania would suggest that in 2014 there would be an average loss of benefit for beneficiary of about $2200. that this is about a 19% reduction in those benefits. and that we would see a decline in the available of medicare that is to about 113,000 pennsylvanians. those numbers for 2014 are of concern, but i am more troubled by the trajectory over succeeding five years and the full cuts under the affordable care act as to whether medicare events were remain a viable option within the medicare program and deliver the comprehensive benefits. and i just want to echo the statements that we heard in many of the opening remarks. the medicare population is so different tha
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Dec 9, 2013 8:30am EST
, what are your thoughts on obamacare? and i ask because while generally when the bill was implement it we were all universally against it. i do think that lately our tone has been sounding like a witchhunt. because everyone kind of things that would be like a winning issue and everything like that but i'm not so convinced just yet and i'm curious about your thoughts on the. secondly, i was curious about what you think, what's been called in immediate the gop civil war. so while i applaud you for coming out and saying what you feel anything like that, i've been told as the republican chairman to tone it down, be friendly, show an image of unity. so i'm just -- >> who is telling you? who is telling you to tone it down? >> in party. we want to make sure that we look healthy spent live free or die. [laughter] spent there you go. amen to that. >> look, on your second question, not to get overdramatic, i'm not too fond of the term civil war when it comes to what's going on in the republican party. maybe it's because i lived through one, and so i don't, i don't -- one of the things i really h
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Dec 4, 2013 8:00am EST
right to same-sex marriage? yeah there's a big part of population interested of that. is obamacare constitutional? a huge number of people will focus on it in an institution will not adapt itself because it is very stayed in -- staid in getting that information out there. what it is they're that we're doing as part after national conversation it should be clear to everyone we're hardly alone. so for example, american lawyer media for which tony now works, has this wonderful publication, supreme court insider, which is getting more information about the court. pete now reports not on, all the law that, the justice department, the supreme court but they have instead of one platform in nbc news now, msnbc ends the website of "nbc news." so i do think that we're far from alone in taking advantage of the lower cost of distribution. we should talk at some point what the economic models of all these places are because tony operates on one economic model. some of his material is free through the blog of legal times. some is subscription only through the supreme court insider. pete's work i
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Dec 6, 2013 10:00am EST
think that obamacare is bad and the implementation of the common core is far worse. who is to blame and anyone stepping up to fix this? >> i am not a big believer in blame. i am a union leader and i could easily say, this one, this one, this one. if we are not rolling up our sleeves and actually engaging, then we are in the same debate over who cares about kids. i care about kids, no, i care about kids. that is a debate we are having. let me just say, this is what i think is happened. we do education policy by press release. i think the governors and the state chiefs will write about saying, let's figure out a set of standards that are aligned to what kids need to know about the global economy. they move pretty fast about it. we were engaged with them and brought a lot of teachers who critiqued the materials and things like that. that is what matters. the public was not involved, parents were not involved, districts were not involved. it felt like, because of the speed at which it went, and because the federal government incentivized through the race to the top -- it became toxic. a
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Dec 3, 2013 6:00am EST
your right to own the guns. that, obamacare is terrible. those were the guys i wanted to talk to. those were the guys with the idea. i said is this your stuff -- they said, who are you. amaid i and i -- i said i doing research on these organizations and these ideas. trying to understand this. i study men who believe the stuff. suspiciouslyt me and asked me questions. i said here's what i am. i do not get it. here is my job. i went to understand how you see the world. i want to understand your worldview. and ill not convincing will not convince you. that is off the table. i want to understand why you think the way you do. >> downward mobility, racial and gender equality. "chael kimmel on angry white men." sunday night at 9:00 on afterwards, part of book tv on c-span2. justiceme court clarence thomas spoke about adjusting to life on the high court. his remarks came at the federalist society's national wars -- national lawyers convention in washington, d.c.. this is about 50 minutes. [applause] >> thank you, david. good evening, everyone. it is my great honor and pleasure to introduce our
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Dec 5, 2013 12:00am EST
and obama is doing this and obamacare is terrible. and so those are the guys i wanted to talk to. they were quites with the leaflet. the ideas. so i said to them, like, is this your stuff? and yeah, who are you? i'm academic. i'm a researcher and i'm doing a research on these organizations. these ideas trying to understand the guys. and i study men who believe this stuff. and they looked at me suspiciously and asked me question. and i said, look, here is what i am. i don't get it. so what here is my job. i want to understand how you see the world. i want to understand your world view. it is -- look, you will not convince me. ly not convince you. that's off the table. what is on the table i want to understand why you think the way you do. >>> "downward mobility." small business owners testified wednesday before the house small business committee on the effect of the health care law. this is an hour and 45 minutes. [inaudible conversations] [inaudible conversations] >> good afternoon. i call this meeting to order. as we are all well aware, the health care law requires businesses th
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Dec 4, 2013 9:00pm EST
obamacare is terrible. those were the guys i wanted to talk to because they were the guys with the leaflets, the ideas. i said to them, is this your stuff? they said, who are you? pedantic -- i am an academic researcher doing research on these organizations and ideas, trying to understand these, and i study men who believe this stuff. and they looked at me suspiciously and said, sort of asked me questions. i just said, look, here is what i am. i don't get it. here is my job, i went to understand how you guys see the world. i want to understand your worldview. look, you will not convince me, and i will not convince you. that is off the table. what is on the table is i want to understand why you think the way you do. downward mobility, racial and gender equality, michael kimmel on the fear, anxiety, and rage of angry white men, part of book tv, this weekend on c-span two. >> now representative greg walden, chairman of the house energy subcommittee on communications and technology on his plan to update to medications act covering television and other media. speaking at the hudson inst
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Dec 10, 2013 2:30pm EST
here on christmas eve, 2009, at 7:00 in the morning, witnessing a party-line vote on obamacare, all of our democratic friends voted for it, all republicans voted against it. i guess the most charitable thing i could say our domestic friends actually thought it would work while republicans were skeptics about this big-government takeover of one-sixth of our national economy. well, four years later the cost of obamacare has become abundantly clear. i don't think it's an exaggeration to say that obamacare is the biggest case of consumer fraud ever perpetrated in this country. a law that was supposed to expand coverage to those without it has instead caused millions of people with coverage to lose theirs, a law that was supposed to improve patient access has instead resulted in smaller provider networks where people are restricted in terms of the doctors and the hospitals they can go see. making it much more likely that people will not be able to keep their doctor should they want them. a law that was supposed to bend the cost curve down has instead caused individual and family premiums
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Dec 10, 2013 10:30am EST
obamacare. we cannot afford the same mistakes in the context of our $5 trillion mortgage market. the management of fani's and -- fannie's and fread is the most important part of the director's task. when congress passed hera authorizing the director to appoint the agency conservator of the g.s.e.'s, it authorized fhfa to put the g.s.e.'s in a -- quote -- "scownd and solvent condition" -- end quote and to -- quote -- "preserve the assets of the properties" -- end quote of the g.s.e.'s. congress very specifically intended that the assets of fean and -- fannie and freddie maximize payments in in exchange for bailing out the g.s.e.'s and maximize their value in whatever system is designed for the future. acting director dimarco has done a commendable job. however, some believe that other provisions trump this and advocate using the g.s.e.'s in manners that would achieve other policy goals. representative watt noted this at his confirmation that if confirmed he would decide whether there is sufficient capital to fund various social programs. in order to ensure that taxpayers are made whol
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